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Poster: sakanaband Date: Feb 6, 2013 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monster Morning Dew!

Same precise thing for me, but happened on 6/23/88 and I was 22 years old and "Gooney Bird-ed". I have listened to YOUR 'Dew' many times and it is truly great indeed with tons of intense power. This one that I saw in '88 made me a "Deadhead" and I'm getting the chills right now just thinking about it. Please give it a listen!

Like you, I was amazed by the power from the first note and the first instrumental jam is just astounding. Garcia's vocal effort throughout is extraordinary once he gets fired up after the first couple verses. The second jam starts pretty intensely rather than quietly (Alpine versus Berkeley, I figure) and wails from there. This version likewise ends on a Jerry-ism clunker chord and reminded me he that he was human after all. In other words, painfully beautiful and real.

The rest of the second set is quite stunning and leads up perfectly to the Monster Morning Dew. Nothing else would've sufficed during this set. Standouts: Brent's solo on 'Hey Pocky' is fantastic, first (and best) rendition of 'Believe it or Not', my favorite 'Gimme Some Lovin' and Weir's vocal phrasing on "Watchtower' is downright masterful and Garcia's leads are like lightning outta Thor's hammer. That's all. Thank you.

http://archive.org/details/gd1988-06-23.111277.NeumannKMF4.daweez.d5scott.flac16

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Feb 6, 2013 2:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monster Morning Dew!

I've always loved that Alpine show, and that Dew, as well.
I think that it's a 1981 vs 1988 situation as opposed to a West Coast/Midwest difference. in 1981 they didn't play Dew until August in Utah and then they played it 7 more times, including 2 in Europe and at New years Eve in another epic show. All of those have the slow start to the final jam building up to the climax.
After '81 the second jam, as you say, evolved to mostly full speed ahead from the first note.

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Poster: ducats Date: Feb 6, 2013 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monster Morning Dew!

same NYE show with the "mighty sweet" (+ only) Goodnite Irene-correct?

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Feb 6, 2013 3:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Monster Morning Dew!

Nah, that was 12/31/83.
the '81 show was an absolute monster with the 2nd and 3rd set being Aiko, Playin> Terrapin > Playin > Drumz > Space > Other One > NFA > GDTRFB > Dew (Break) Dark Star > Bertha > Good Love, Baby blue

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